KMB suspends drivers after 8 hurt in collision

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 April, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 April, 2010, 12:00am

Two Kowloon Motor Bus drivers have been suspended from duties after a collision between two double-deckers in To Kwa Wan on Sunday night injured eight people.

The two drivers, aged 43 and 49, and six passengers were injured when the two buses crashed at the junction of To Kwa Wan Road and Chi Kiang Street at about 11pm. The injured - four men and four women - were treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

A KMB spokesman said the company would mount its own investigation if the drivers were held responsible after police completed their inquiry into the cause of the accident. KMB did not know the cause at present.

Firemen and paramedics pulled a seriously hurt passenger from a smashed window. She was given oxygen and taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Less seriously hurt passengers, who had face and neck injuries, received initial treatment at the scene before being sent to hospital for further checks.

The accident happened when a route 15 bus turning from Chi Kiang Street into To Kwa Wan Road rammed into the left side of a route 115 bus. There were about 30 passengers aboard both buses.

The front of the route 15 bus was seriously damaged, while a side of the other bus was dented and windows on both decks shattered.

'The bus was not moving too fast,' a passenger on the route 15 vehicle said. Another passenger said: 'The driver was kind of petrified. He left his seat and asked if passengers were hurt only after a minute.'

Wong Ching-sze, a senior inspector from Kowloon West accident investigation team, said no brake marks had been found on the road.

'We do not rule out the possibility that someone was speeding or ran a traffic light,' she said. The two drivers passed a breath test at the scene.